…fight the good fight

As I embark on my first review of the 2018 Oscar season, I can’t help but reflect a bit. The impulse is only helped along by the fact that it’s been many months since I first saw this film. At the time, the Oscars were still a far-off possibility for all of this year’s nominees,…

…Never Surrender

“Dunkirk” is a bit of a detour from the usual summer fare, in the best way possible. It’s not in 3D. It’s not a sequel. It’s not meant to launch a franchise. The setting is a real place, and the story is real. Told with an ensemble cast on a large-scale that harkens back to…

…Stand Tall

Like its title character, Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” is a large, warm, lovable, and sometimes goofy film without any teeth. Okay, so technically The Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) has teeth, but the film is lacking the signature Roald Dahl darkness of the original tale. In the interest of not completely selling the film short, I’ll…

…Negotiate

If you’re wondering why “Bridge of Spies” made the cut for this year’s Best Picture nominees, you don’t need to look any further than the director behind the film — Steven Spielberg. This historical, drama-thriller, story of espionage and diplomacy, that’s based on actual events, has everything you would expect from a Spielberg film.